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Pairs
 

The order of decisions presented in table 1 is the order in which you evaluate your hand. First you check to see if you have a pair. At most casinos, any two 10-count cards, e.g. J-K, are a pair and may be split. If you have a pair, the first part of the table tells you how to play your hand. Use this part of the table to decide whether to split your pair. To split means to make another bet equal in size to your first bet, and play each card as the start of a separate hand.

If you split a pair and catch another card of the same value, resplit if you can. If it is correct to split a pair, it is correct to resplit.

You may or may not be allowed to double down after splitting a pair. For example, if you split 8-8 and catch a 3 for eleven, you may or may not be allowed to double down on that eleven. If doubling down after splitting is allowed, then splitting is more attractive and you should split more often. The first part of table 1 assumes you are not allowed to double down after splitting. If you are allowed to double down after splitting, then use the last part of table 1- the part on the facing page. The decisions that are hits in the first part of table 1 and splits on the facing page are: 6-6 against 2, 4-4 against 5 or 6,3-3 against 2 or 3, and 2-2 against 2 or 3

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The deck must remain flat on the table, with each half of the deck lifted to interlace with the other half, leaving no large, unshuffled clumps. Several shuffles, intermingled with cuts, should be performed. No overhand shuffles, or perfunctory hand-to-hand shuffles (techniques used by many honest players who lack dexterity) should be allowed.

The deck should be cut also flat on the table and into just two halves. The deck should always be cut. Your rules can perhaps allow an additional shuffle by another player if so requested, and a cut by the player to his right.

Discards should not be scattered all over the table, but placed in a neat pile to the left of the current dealer. No one should be permitted to "play around" with the discards prior to the next dealer gathering and shuffling the cards. If two decks are in play, the second deck should be shuffled by the previous dealer, rather than the next dealer.

If two or three players always seem to take the same positions relative to each other, you might consider taking action to randomize the seating.
 
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